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Bachelor of Arts in Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication offers students the opportunity to prepare for a wide range of careers where effective oral and written communication is essential. By combining a study of communication theory and research with an emphasis on performance, communication majors will see improvement in critical thinking, research, writing, team, interpersonal, and public speaking skills. Graduates of the program may find work in such diverse areas as organizational development, broadcasting and public relations. Internship opportunities are available to qualified students that will allow them to network with professionals while continuing to build their communication skills.

126 total credit hours are required. 24 of those hours will be core communication courses and 9 will be other communication courses of the student’s choosing (of which two must be 30000 level or higher). The remaining courses will be general education requirements (51 credits) and elective courses.

General Education core:

6

English Composition

3

Speech Communication

3

Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish or ASL at the fourth level)

6

Mathematics and Statistics

6

Natural Science

3

Western Heritage

3

United States Tradition

3

Other Cultures

3

Aesthetic Awareness

3

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

3

Gender Issues

3

Individual and Society

3

Social Ethics

3

Global Perspective

Communication core:

3

COM

20400

Critical Perspectives on Communication

3

COM

21200

Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Communication

3

COM

25000

Mass Communication & Society

3

COM

30000

Introduction to Communication Research Methods

3

COM

31400

Advanced Presentational Speaking

3

COM

31800

Principles of Persuasion

3

COM

32400

Introduction to Organizational Communication

3

COM

43500

Communication & Emerging Technologies

24 Semester Credits

The following is a sample curriculum for the program majors:

Freshman Year

First Semester

3

COM

11400

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

ENGL

10100

English Comp I

3

Core requirement

 

3

Core requirement

3

Core requirement

15 Semester Credits

Second Semester

3

COM

21200

Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Communication

3

ENGL

10200

English Composition II

3

Core requirement

3

Core requirement

3

Core requirement

15 Semester Credits

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

3

COM

20400

Critical Perspectives on Communication

3

COM

25000

Mass Communication & Society

3

Core requirement

3

Core requirement

3

Elective or minor

15 Semester Credits

Fourth Semester

3

First additional course in major

3

COM

31400

Advanced Presentational Speaking

3

Core requirement

3

Core requirement

3

Elective or minor

15 Semester Credits

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

3

COM

31800

Principles of Persuasion

3

COM

32400

Introduction to Organizational Communication

3

Core requirement

3

Elective or minor

3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Sixth Semester

3

COM

30000

Introduction to Communication Research Methods

3

Second additional course in major

3

Core requirement

3

Elective or minor

3

Elective or minor

3

Elective

18 Semester Credits

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

3

COM

43500

Communication and Emerging Technologies

3

Third additional course in major

3

Elective or minor

3

Elective

3

Elective

15 Semester Credits

Eighth Semester

3

Elective or minor

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

18 Semester Credits

Total credit hours required for degree: 126

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNICATION MAJORS

Communication 49000/Internship in Communication

The internship is a career development concept that involves placing students in off-campus work assignments. The work assignment is closely related to the student’s course of study and his/her professional goals. The internship must also contribute to the objectives of the participating employer. Participating students should be in good academic standing at the University (have and maintain at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA). Up to three hours of academic credit may be earned in a single semester with a maximum of six internship credit hours overall.

Business/Professional Communication Certificate

This certificate provides an opportunity for students to participate in a practical program of study that focuses on strengthening written and oral occupational skills.

Accepted students will have the chance to expand their knowledge in a variety of business areas, including small group communication, interviewing, public speaking, and technical writing. In addition, the final project will allow participants to apply what they have learned via a supervised internship at an approved site.

The program is open to current students who have completed 30 or more credit hours in a degree program or individuals employed in a position deemed academically equivalent by the certificate coordinator.

Credit for courses in the certificate program which have been earned in other degree programs will be accepted toward the certificate. Courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements may be applied toward requirements for associate and bachelor degrees.

Requirements (15 credits)

3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I

3

ENGL

10200

English Composition II or

ENGL

42100

Technical Writing

3

COM

11400

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

COM

20400

Critical Perspectives on Communication

3

CNIT

10700

Computer Literacy

Electives (choose 3)

3

ENGL

30400

Advanced Composition

3

ENGL

42000

Business Writing

3

COM

31500

Speech Communication of Technical Information

3

COM

31800

Principles of Persuasion

3

COM

32000

Small Group Discussion

3

COM

32400

Introduction to Organizational Communication

3

COM

32500

Interviewing: Principles and Practices

3

COM

41500

Discussion of Technical Problems

3

COM

49100

Special Topics in Communication

3

CNIT

12700

Microcomputer Spreadsheet Applications

Terminal Project/Internship

3 COM 49000 Internship in Communication (A critical reflection and summary project based on the student’s experience in a supervised internship at an approved site.)

Total credits required for certificate: 27